The Compulsive Reader: Crash into Me by Albert Borris

Friday, May 15, 2009

Crash into Me by Albert Borris

Owen can't remember a time in his life when he was truly happy. Ever since his brother's death when we was seven, his life has been dull, lonely, and slow, punctuated by numerous suicide attempts. After his latest attempt, he makes three new friends—Frank, Jin-Ae, and Audrey. The four of them make a suicide pact—they will take a cross country road trip from New Jersey to Death Valley, visiting the graves of famous people who committed suicide, and at the end of the line, they'll all end their lives together.

Crash into Me is an arresting and surprising read that takes readers into the lives of these four teens, and reveals their complex emotions and those events in their lives that have led them to the end of their ropes. Though the premise is quite serious and thought provoking, Borris infuses the novel with surprising bits of humor, making Crash into Me an enjoyable and realistic read with a sardonic edge. Inclusion of alcohol and drugs is to be expected, but is done tastefully, revealing the thought that went into each character. The novel is told through Owen's eyes, and his character is developed through a series of online chats, top ten lists, recollections of the past, and his time quietly observing the present. The alternating modes of character disclosure build suspense throughout the book, causing readers to seriously ponder the outcome of the road trip—but Borris keeps you guessing until the very end. This is a novel of desperation and loneliness, and of the strong compulsion that humankind has to attempt to make connections. Unexpected, heartbreaking, and raw, Crash into Me takes readers on a car trip they'll never forget.

Cover Comments: I think that the cover really conveys the tension and the emotion of the novel, and the darker colors and hues used jive with the darker subject and all of the secrets this book contains. I also like the snake tattoo--it has significance in the book! Overall, this is a very good cover.

This book will be available from Simon Pulse on July 7th, 2009.


Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

That definately sounds like a book that I would read.

Kate said...

This sounds like a truly amazing book.

Chelsie said...

This is a book that I am looking forward to, truly. I love the idea behind it.

My only worry would be that it's one of those books that doesn't live up to it's potential. Although you seemed to enjoy it... I still don't know.

Great review :)

<3 Chelsie

a flight of minds said...

Wow. This sounds so interesting. I hadn't heard about it before, but now it's definitely on my to get list. Thanks for the review!

- Alex

Nurin said...

Sounds like something I'd love to read. Great review!

Anonymous said...

This book looks so good!

Jeanne said...

I read an ARC of this book and it blew me away--it's everything your review says and more. Read comments from Albert's publicist, editor, and agent at http://community.livejournal.com/classof2k9

Stef465 said...

I read this book. It is very good. It really lets u understand how teens think and see things. I would reccomend it to anyone.